Sunday, May 16, 2021

Spring Walk for an English Lady

      It's time for another new challenge at Pammie's Inky Pinkies and our theme is "Anything Goes."  Our sponsor this week is Star Stampz and they generously supplied images for the DT to use.  I chose "English Lady" - isn't she elegant out for her first spring walk?



Colored w ProMarkers
Cut w Frantic Stamper die
Pink lace scrap from stash
Pink dp scrap
Sentiment cut w Avery Elle die
Framed w Frantic Stamper die
Hand-tied, pink lace bow

     Challenges:

     I hope you're going to come play in our challenge this week.  Our sponsor, Star Stampz, has such cute digital images and you could win some of them!  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Plant a Kiss

       Half way through the month of May and very close to half way through the year!  How did that happen?  We're starting our mid-month challenge at QKR Stampede today and our theme is always "Anything Goes."  You can use any images from any company on your projects but if you choose to use a QKR image (or one from our sister company, Eureka Stamps) then your entry qualifies for a separate draw only for QKR/Eureka images.  That increases your chance of winning by a huge amount, so think about it!  :-D

     I did a lovely spring card using the image "Flower Girl" and the sentiment "Plant a Kiss" both of which are from Eureka Stamps.


I pulled my colors from the top row at Color Dare.


Colored w ProMarkers
Cut w QuicKutz oval die
Lace trim added to image
Sentiment fussy cut
Row of pearls for embellishment
Mulberry paper flower w pearl
Card base made w shiny CS

     Challenges:

     Come play with us.  The challenge runs for the rest of May and a new challenge starts on June 1.  We'd love to be inspired by you and your creations.  :-D

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Friday, May 14, 2021

Home Tweet Home

      One more card for a progressive challenge and this one is for Stampers Delights.  I merged three of the images and a sentiment from the set for this month and this would make a cute card for someone moving into a new home or coming home after being away for a while.  Come to think of it, it might even work to welcome kids coming home from their first day back at school considering how long they've not been able to go to school.  Of course, having been stuck at home for a year, maybe they are delighted to be back at school.  :-D


Colored w ProMarkers
Cut w Lawn Fawn die
CS squares cut w Lawn Fawn die
Sheer, plaid ribbon strip = RRR
Bow tied using bow maker

    Challenges:

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Birthday Bear for a Blog Hop

      This delightful Birthday Bear from Jan's Digi Stamps is wishing everyone at the C.R.A.F.T. Challenge a Happy Birthday during their 12th Annual Blog Hop.  Jan's Digi Stamps has happily sponsored several of their weekly challenges during the last two years and when they asked if we'd like to participate in the birthday celebration, we jumped at the chance!  For this Birthday Hop, Jan's Digi Stamps is offering a $10 (US) gift certificate to one lucky prize winner who leaves a comment on this post before or by May 19.  

     My card is also doing double duty as my mid-month DT reminder card for the challenge at Jan's Digi Stamps.  As the Sponsorship Coordinator for Jan's, I'm delighted to make my personal blog one of the stops along the hop.  


Pre-Colored Bear & Cake images merged
Sentiment merged
Cut with Spellbinders die
Background dp scrap from DCWV
Wide grosgrain ribbon used for the bow

          You should have come here from Monika’s Blog and your next stop is  Sheryl’s Blog 

     If you get lost along the way, check out the Annual Blog Hop post at CRAFT Challenge and also come play in the May challenge at Jan's Digi StampsHappy Crafting.  NanaConnie

     Challenges:

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Liliana Mermaid

      Today I'm sharing the first of my #Conie Fong DT cards for the month of May.  It features Liliana Mermaid as well as some fancy die cut work.  Don't forget that each month we have two challenges running; one is for colored images only and the other is for completed projects.  You do have to use Conie Fong images but there are so many of those and you're sure to fall in love with several once you go and explore the Etsy store.  :-D

     The image set includes Liliana both with and without a water lily and my original plan was to merge both images for use on one card.  However, I had forgotten I was working with jpg images, not a png images, and the plan went awry.  So I used one of the printed images and will save the other one for a future project.  The sentiment is also from Conie Fong but not from the Liliana Mermaid set and I honestly don't remember which set has that sentiment.  Sorry

     The best part about this card is that it's made with scraps and bits, both paper and CS.  Even the burlap ribbon for the bow was a left over scrap which I found in my scrap basket.  There was just enough of it to tie that bow and trim the dove-tail ends.


Colored w ProMarkers
Cut w Unbranded die
Sentiment cut w Unbranded die
Pattern paper from K & Co.
Lime green CS cut w Cuts die
Tallest flower created w 'negative' pieces from the die cut
Burlap bow hand-tied and dyed w ink pad

     Challenges:

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Fairy Dust Day

      It wasn't until I saw this image and sentiment from Bugaboo Stamps that I understood what makes the difference between an ordinary day and a birthday.  lol  I love that idea and will be calling on the fairies for all family birthdays from this point forward.


Colored w ProMarkers (in my fave purples & blues)
Glitter added to wings
Image & frames cut w QuicKutz dies
Sheer & sparkle ribbons from RRR
Sentiment & mat cut w QuicKutz dies

     Challenges:

     That's all I have for today.  I'm having a bit of a relapse into the COVID lethargy and am finding it hard to sit at the computer or crafting table for more than half an hour at a time.  Hopefully, tomorrow will be better.  In the meantime, Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Monday, May 10, 2021

Beach Lemonade

      It's very likely that the area where I live will reach 100 degrees this week and it's only the first third of May, for Heaven's sake!  We always get hot, hot, HOT! weather during our summer months, usually several days in a row of over 100 degrees and when that happens I either stay inside in the craft room air conditioning or I head out for the beach.  I guess this week is perfect for this card I made over the weekend.  These House Mouse mousies have the right idea but they really need to watch that sunburn.  :-D


Colored w ProMarkers
Cut w Die-namics stitched dies
Sentiment printed & cut with Die-namics
Scraps used for mats & frame
Sentiment printed on a scrap

     Challenges:

     I hope your weather is more pleasant than ours.  If it's not, stay inside and Happy Crafting.  :-D  NanaConnie

Friday, May 7, 2021

The Dough Maker

      Today's post is a quick one and it features the Dr. Digi image for the Progressive challenge at The Outlawz.  


Colored w ProMarkers
Cut w Dare 2B Artzy die
'Textured' dp from DCWV
Sparkle ribbon from RRR
     (I love wrapping ribbon around the card front because it's the fastest and easiest way to add ribbon to a card.)
Sheer ribbon for bow (used Bow Maker)

     Challenges:
Dragonfly Dreams (Sparkly ribbon)

     That's all for today.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Happy Mouse

       It's Thursday and that means it's time for another challenge at Creative Knockouts.  This week, we're sponsored by Fabrika Fantasy and the theme is "Anything Goes."  They supplied images for the team to use and I used the pre-colored, bonus image from the Happy Mouse set.  I needed the shortcut of a pre-colored image at the time I was making this card; I was still in the midst of my COVID recovery.  :-D


Pre-Colored image
Card front embossed w "Linen" EF
Butterflies cut w Press Cut die
Sentiment cut w Memory Box die
Satin & sheer ribbon by Crafty Ribbons
Hand-tied bow

     Challenges:
TTCRD

     Be sure to visit the Creative Knockouts blog t see what all the other designers created this week and than come and play with us!  :-D  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Sky's the Limit!

     It was wonderful to receive the freebie image for the May Progressive challenge at Imagine That!  It meant I was back as one of the participants over there and that made me feel that things were definitely getting back to 'normal.'  :-D

     I thought this would be perfect for an encouragement card or just to let someone know I was thinking about them.


I based this on the sketch from The Outlawz.

Colored w ProMarkers
Cut w QuicKutz oval die
Polka dot dp - DCWV scrap
Flags cut w IO die
Flags colored w watercolors
Metal brads & gray pearls

     Challenges:

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

"Frog Green" Sick

      Yesterday, as I was making this card, I had a sudden flash of memory about a friend of mine who had come down with a nasty stomach flu.  After not hearing from her for a few days, I called and she answered the phone with a death-warmed-over voice.  I knew right away that she must be ill and asked her what was wrong.  She replied by saying she was "frog green sick."   I didn't need any additional details.  That pretty much said it all.  :-D

     So this card became a Get Well card which will go into the stash until needed.  

     Of course, the image is from Beccy's Place and the optional twist in the challenge this month is a sketch.  You don't have to use it because the theme is always "Anything Goes" with a Beccy's image but it's a fun sketch if you want to give it a shot.


And here's my card:


Colored w ProMarkers
Image cut w Die-namics die
Background dp from DCWV
Signature bow w pearl
Sentiment cut w QuicKutz die

     Challenges:

     Have a great day and Happy Crafting!  NanaConnie

Monday, May 3, 2021

New Life

      The first Monday in May and time for another new challenge at Jan's Digi Stamps.  This will be our last challenge until the first Monday in September.  We're taking the summer off (or winter, if you're in the Southern Hemisphere.)  Our theme is always "Anything Goes" and you can use any stamp/digi from any company to enter our challenges.  However, it's worth remembering that if you do use a JDS image, your entry goes into a separate drawing only for those entries using JDS digi stamps and therefore, your chances of winning are increased by a huge amount!

    My card today features an image from  the set called "Early Spring Nest" and I'm using it for a baby shower card for a new little girl expected early this summer.  The sentiment is mine.


Colors from My Favorite Things

Image is pre-colored
Cut w Spellbinders die
Satin ribbon 
Hand tied bow w sequin

     Challenges:

     Come play with us this month.  It's your last chance for another 3 months.  After that, we'll see you on September 6!  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Lifting Spirits

      Here it is time for another challenge at Pammie's Inky Pinkies and our theme is "Anything Goes."  We're sponsored this week by CAS-ual Fridays and they generously supplied rubber stamp sets to each DT member.  Mine is called "Floating" and I had a marvelous time doing heat embossing again!  


Stamped twice on black CS & lavender CS
White EP used on each one
Black hot air balloon fussy cut
Lavender balloon cut w QuicKutz die
Layered onto black CS
Sentiment stamped and heat embossed
Purple ribbon wrapped around image piece
Black balloon offset (on dimensional dots)
Hand tied bow w ribbon from Crafty Ribbons

     Challenges:

     Hoping to see you playing in our "Anything Goes" challenge this week.  We do love seeing what you create.  NanaConnie

Spooky Spider

      Many of you know that since they restarted in March, I've been trying to play along in the monthly (2nd of Month to 28th) "Anything Halloween Goes" challenges at Two Old Bats, a challenge dedicated to year-round Halloween.  I was invited to be a Guest Designer this month and I'm thrilled to share with you a card I made using an image a friend sent to me last fall when I was still suffering from the loss of all my digital images.  Unfortunately, I have no idea who drew the image so can't give full and proper credit.

     The first thing you should know is that I HATE spiders!  They are just so creepy.  My phobia is so bad, I can't even stand to look at pics of them!  But this one is kinda cute with his goofy smile and crossed eyes.  :-D


This is my take on the sketch at Crafty Friends.

Colored w/ water colors & ProMarkers
Cut w/ Cottage Cutz die
Matted w/ white CS scrap - hand-trimmed corners
Sentiment printed and hand cut, mounted on Pop Dots
Mesh 'ribbon' w glitter added
Embossed card front
Tiny spider & cat each stamped on acetate
       (colored w/ 'puff' gel pens)

     Challenges:

     I hope you'll take time away from your Spring cards this month and play with something Halloween, then come and enter it into our challenge.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie 

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Gardening Girl

      My second post of the day but that's what happens on the first of the month.  This post is for QKR Stampede and our new challenge starts today.  I've been with the QKR DT since 2015 and I absolutely adore their images and those of our sister company, Eureka Stamps.  I've showcased more than 200 images and, so far, haven't duplicated anything.  That means there are a huge number of stamps available in the shop.  The image I used today is from QKR Stampede and it's called "Gardening Girl."

     BTW, QKR Stamps are a terrific bargain.  They come in both digis and rubber and the digis sell for $2.00 each while the rubber stamps range from $3.00 up to the mid- $4.00.  When is the last time you bought a rubber stamp for $3.00?  Incredible!  And they are all so cute.  :-D


Colored w ProMarkers
Image cut w Spellbinders die
Sentiment printed & cut w IO die
Edges inked w ProMarker
Card base is shiny, metallic CS

     Challenges:
   (Uneven Edge (on the die cut)/Friendship/Flowers)

     We'd love to see you playing in our QKR Stampede challenge.  Don't forget, our theme is always "Anything Goes."  You may use any image from any company but if you do use something from QKR (or our sister company, Eureka Stamps), your entry will go into a separate draw just for those who used QKR/Eureka and that increases your chances of winning by a huge margin!    See you there.

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Cat's Meow

      It's the First of May - May Day in many countries - and in my childhood days, May Day meant leaving little flower bouquets at your neighbor's house.  In Victorian days, the bouquets were called "Tussy Mussies" and they were hung on door knobs.

     In any case, it's time for a new challenge at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies where the theme is always "Anything Goes with a Critter."  Just show us your projects featuring critters of any kind (animal, insect, feathered, or with fins, but no humans.  Mermaids count, gnomes don't.  :-D

     Our sponsor this month is TNT Artspirations and they supplied images for each of the DT to use.  I chose Fluffy Kitten and this comes in a set with 3 images and 7 sentiments.  I kept it CAS to show off that adorable kitten face and used a black card base to make the image pop and show off the bursts of green.


Colored w ProMarkers
Cut w Spellbinders die
Polka dot ribbons from Really Reasonable Ribbon
Sentiment cut w Avery Elle die

     Challenges:

     I hope we're going to see you playing in our challenge this month.  Just feature a creature on your card or other project and you're eligible to enter.  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie 

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Tea Cup Bunny

      I'm running right up against the deadline in the Digi-of-the-Month progressive challenge at Imagine That! and I'm going to post this as soon as I finish typing the details, before I even add all the links to the other challenges I want to enter.

     This adorable image is the Tea Cup Bunny from the Rosy Tea Party set and the sentiment is part of the set.


Colored w ProMarkers
Cut w Cuts (Kokorosa Studio) die
Inked edges
Mesh ribbon from RRR
Hand-tied bow w pearl

     Challenges:

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie 

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

An "Oldster's" View on Naptime

      Remember when you started kindergarten, feeling very grown up to be facing the world without Mom, only to discover that you still had to take naps?   We all knew we were too old to have to take naps (despite falling asleep within 5 minutes of lying down!)  How different things look now that I've joined the ranks of the "Oldsters."  Naps are wonderful things and I really hate the days when I miss out on taking one.  :-D

     Celebrating naps and catching up on one more progressive challenge at LeAnn's World 101.


Colored w ProMarkers
Image, sentiment, & frame cut w Dare 2B Artzy die
Edge of Sentiment inked w ProMarker
Purple CS hand bleached w Q-tip
Sheer ribbon for 7-loop bow

     Challenges:

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Tulip Hedgie

      I think this is the third time I've used this image but she's such a cute little hedgie, how could anyone resist her?  She's from Bugaboo Stamps and I have yet to decide if this is going to be a birthday card, or  for Mother's Day, or just a simple "Thinking of You" card.  Clearly it's a versatile image.  :-D


Colored w ProMarkers
Cut w Spellbinders die
Purple lace from my stash
Background dp scrap
Hand-tied, signature bow w pearl

     Challenges:
Allsorts (blue/purple/green)
Outlawz PAM

     Happy Crafting all.  NanaConnie

Friday, April 23, 2021

Cory Mouse with Cosmos Flowers

      Here's another of my DT cards for Conie Fong and this one features Cory Mouse from the Maisy and Cory Mouse bundle.  You can see my card with Maisy Mouse here.  


Colored w ProMarkers
Cut w Die-namics stitched die
Dark blue frame cut w Die-namics die
Aqua frame & background triangle - 'Linen' EF
Signature bow w pearl
Corner pearls

     Challenges:

     Come and play in one of the two challenges at Conie Fong this month.  One is for coloring only and the other is for finished projects.  The themes are always Anything Goes but you do have to use a Conie Fong stamp/digi.  Prizes are Conie Fong images!   Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Beautiful Minds & Butterflies

      Our newest challenge starts today at Creative Knockouts and I'm participating with the DT for the first time since coming down with COVID-19 and and being hospitalized.  Our theme this week is "Wings & Things" and our wonderful sponsor is Artsystamper.  They supplied the DT with images to use and I chose "Aster Garden" because of that lovely butterfly and the great sentiment.


Colored w ProMarkers
Fussy cut w scissors
Medallion cut w Spellbinders die
Background:  Watercolor scraps
    + scrap dp DCWV "Midnight" stack
Rainbow ribbon from RRR
Sheer-edge satin ribbon for bow RRR

     Challenges:

     Come play with us this week.  Create something that features "Wings" and enter it into our challenge.   Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Maisy Mouse

      Another DT card for Conie Fong, featuring Maisy Mouse from the Maisy and Cory Mouse bundle.  You'll see my DT card using Cory Mouse later on.  I adore these little mice - they are some of the cutest mice ever drawn and I hope Conie will be doing more of them in the future.


Colored w ProMarkers
Cut w Spellbinders die
Embossed edges w Spellbinders
Edges inked w ink pad
Lace bow hand-tied
Background dp from DCWV
Sentiment cut w Avery Elle die

     Challenges:

     Remember, there are two month-long challenges at Conie Fong every month; one is for coloring only and the other is for completed projects.  Both require the use of Conie Fong images but they are all so cute, how could anyone resist?  The Maisy and Cory Mouse Bundle is only $2.00 and you get 6 different images!  Use the link up above and go check them out.  There are several other $2 digis as well so look for all of them.

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Chevron Thank You

      Time for another new challenge over at Pammie's Inky Pinkies where our theme is "Anything Goes."  We are sponsored this week by Newton's Nook.  My DT card is made with die cut scraps and is about as CAS as one can get using nothing but die cuts.


Sentiment cut w Unbranded die
Chevron die is from Spellbinders

     Challenges:
Word Art Weds

     Check out our challenge this week, won't you?  Anything goes and yo might win a fabulous prize from Newton's Nook.  :-D  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie

Sweet as Sweetpeas

      I can hardly believe that I've done 4 daily posts in a row!  I'm beginning to get back to my normal "every day" postings and, in my mind, that means my COVID recovery is moving right along.  :-D

     This is my card for the monthly challenge over at Beccy's Place where the theme is "Anything Goes" but there's an optional theme of flowers, plants, & foliage.  I used Beccy's Sweetpeas image, which I think has been retired.  I took the shortcut of using a pre-colored image and it's really gorgeous!  I'm sorry for the glare on the photo but the green background is metallic CS and every photo I took had that shiny glare.  :-(


I used the sketch from The Outlawz


Pre-colored image
Image was fussy cut
Mounted on Pop Dots
Circle cut w Dare 2B Artsy die
Green metallic CS
Black, glitter CS
Sentiment cut w Avery Elle die
Hand tied bow w gemstone

     Challenges:
House that Stamps Built
Paper Funday
Word Art Weds

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie